National diabetes month seeks to raise awareness of the condition

Nearly one quarter of all type 2 diabetes sufferers don’t know that they have the condition, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In an effort to make more individuals aware of their condition, groups across the country have begun offering free glucose screenings.

For example, Lutheran Health Network of Forth Wayne, Indiana recently announced that it will start offering diabetes testing throughout the month of November, according to Wane T.V. The initiative is part of the group’s recognition of National American Diabetes Month.

In addition to testing, the group will offer individuals counseling on their condition. They hope that this will help people learn about lifestyle changes that they may be able to make to improve their condition. Several of the most common risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including obesity, high cholesterol and insulin resistance, can be controlled with diet and exercise.

The American Diabetes Association will be sponsoring similar events across the country throughout the month of November. The group says that drastic action is needed to curb the rapid rise in type 2 diabetes.

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